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In the subculture of underground rap battles people take themselves very seriously. Engaging their war of words the combatants get theatrical and hit below the belt whenever possible. (By now you’ve probably seen Loaded Lux deliver “that work.”) But a scene that is that serious leaves itself wide open to parody. Enter Deshawn Raw. His YouTube skits, spoofs of songs and of course rap battles have made him a web sensation and put him on the short list of up and coming new black comedians to watch.

Hailing from Rancho Cucamonga, California, 21-year-old Deshawn has made his childhood dream of being a professional comedian come true. He’s gotten the nod of approval from veterans like Chris Rock who even appeared in one of Deshawn’s battle videos [see below]. Rock isn’t the only celeb to show Deshawn love and step up to battle his rapping alter ego “SUPAHOT Fire,” Soulja Boy recently dueled with him in a skit and 50 Cent made a cameo in a video schooling Deshawn on the art of picking up women.

With over 60 million views and about 350,000 followers Deshawn Raw’s is our pick for the next big thing in the world of comedy and our Shine Award Best New Talent winner.

SUPAHOT Fire vs. Chris Rock


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